Stevens gets initial OK for high court
HARRISBURG (AP) — A panel of state senators is in favor of Gov. Tom Corbett’s nominee, Correale Stevens, to temporarily fill a vacancy on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Thursday to send Stevens’ nomination to the full Senate. A two-thirds majority of senators is required for Stevens to take a seat on the seven-member bench.
Stevens, a Republican, is currently president judge of state Superior Court. If he’s confirmed by the full Senate, the high court will return to a four-to-three Republican majority.
Stevens’ career in public service includes time as Luzerne County’s district attorney and a state representative.
The opening was created by the May 1 resignation of Joan Orie Melvin after she was convicted of using public employees to help her political campaigns.